Growing Vegetables South of Australia is quite unique for two reasons:
- It is a food-gardening book written for Tasmanian soil and climate conditions, which is rare.
- It is updated every time it is reprinted to reflect the writer’s latest knowledge and expertise, which is even rarer.
I particularly liked chapter 3 on Soil. I have used Steve's recipe for Complete Organic Fertiliser (COF), explained in this chapter, for many years. In Tasmania the book has made Steve's COF the standard by which all COFs are measured. You can buy ready-to-use COF at Hobart Kitchen Gardens (at Coles New Town on Saturdays Oct - Feb). For more info click here.
A few years ago Steve gave permission to publish the COF recipe discussed in his book on the Food Garden Group blog. You can find it here.
Steve Solomon has a lifetime of food gardening experience, both as a professional and home gardener, and it is great that he is happy to share his expertise with us. Here and there in the book my emphasis would have been different. For instance, in chapter 5 on water, my main focus would have been on using drip lines, not overhead irrigation. I would also have mentioned wicking beds.
This book will be incredibly useful for food gardeners who take the time to study it. Every chapter contains many helpful suggestions on many subjects. In some cases Steve’s approach is non main-stream and thought provoking.
Thank you, Steve, for writing this book, and showing such dedication to making it even better every time it is reprinted!